The resources on this page have been selected to support educators in finding CREST project ideas that require little equipment, can be run outside of a lab or at home, and use equipment that doesn’t require much sharing.
Find out more about the different CREST Award levels here: CREST Awards.
At primary level, our curated home learning packs don’t require many resources so they’re perfect to use either in the classroom or at home. For Primary teachers who have CLEAPSS access, we recommend this piece on doing Practical activities within your bubble.
At secondary level, each project brief has an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources you might need. Read the health and safety section carefully before you begin. Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
If you are looking for ideas for running CREST at home, many of the below resources are suitable, and you can still access our Star and SuperStar Home Learning packs below. If you need further support, check out the CREST at home section of the Help Centre.
SNEAKY SHADOW SNEAKY SHADOW Sneaky Shadow Organiser’s Card About the activity This activity is designed to get children thinking about shadows. Cosmic has lost his shadow. He knows that it was with him all day but now it is missing. Gem and Aunt Stella try to help him to find it. Gem finds it under the street lamp and Aunt Stella finds it on the wall. Where has the sneaky shadow been hiding? Through this activity you will support your group to: • Think about how shadows are made • Experiment with making shadows indoors and outside • Record their results and create a shadow play to share Kit list • Torches or other light sources • Card or thick paper – coloured translucent material can add interest • Shadow theatre – light source (projector or bright lamp), screen (made of translucent material) e.g. a white sheet • Sticks to attach to the shadow puppets • Musical instruments (optional) What to do 1. Follow the instructions on the ACTIVITY CARD. Make sure you give children time to talk about their ideas. 2. Read the story. Get the children to talk about the questions and the opinions of Cosmic, Gem and Aunt Stella. 3.Children can explore shadows using torches or other light sources. 4. They can make shadow puppets and make up plays. 6.Children can cut out a variety of shapes e.g. people, animals or cars. They can use them to create a shadow play. 7.Some children may need help to think of a story for their play. 8.Let them share their play. 9.There are follow up activities for children who want to do more finding out and earn a bonus sticker.
OW Things to think about Children may think that shadows are there all the time, even when it is dark. They may think that shadows have faces or coloured clothes. It is important that they are allowed to talk about and explore their own ideas, without being told that they are wrong. A shadow theatre is ideal to disseminate the information. Put a bright light source behind a screen. Children hold their cut-out characters on sticks in front of the light and behind the screen so that the shadows are cast on the screen. A shadow is formed when something blocks light from the Sun or another light source. A shadow is dark, whatever the colour of the object. If light comes from more than one direction, or the object is translucent, shadows might look grey or coloured. Take it further As children explore they will find that the closer the object is to the light source, the bigger the shadow. The shadow is always on the opposite side of the object from the light source. You do not need complete darkness to explore shadows with torches or other light sources. Light coming through a window can form shadows. However, it is helpful to minimise light coming through windows to make the shadows formed by torches clearer. Keywords • Shadows • Light • Colour Watch out! Make sure children do not touch a hot light source. Observe the organisation’s policy for working outdoors. Do not look directly at the sun. Beware of trip hazards if working in dark conditions British Science Association Registered Charity No. 212479 and SC039236
These challenges take about an hour each. Once you have completed eight of them you can get a CREST SuperStar Award. Start by downloading the Passport. Children can use this to record each activity they complete.
Our curated packs for home learning require very little equipment or resources, so are ideal now that you are back in the classroom. They also add flexibility as students can finish their Star or SuperStar Award at home, if needed.
Each challenge has an organiser card and an activity card. All the instructions to set up the activity are in the organiser card. Read the 'watch out' section carefully before you begin. Children can use the activity card or you can read it through together.
Find out more about Star and SuperStar levels here.
Each of these projects take between ten and thirty hours to complete. The project briefs have an overall challenge, ideas for getting started and a list of resources students might need. Before they begin, students should read the health and safety section carefully. Once students have completed their projects, they can get a CREST Discovery, Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The amount of time spent on the project and how well they met the CREST criteria determines the level students will be awarded.
Start by downloading the relevant Workbook or Profile Form below. Young people can use these to help them complete their project and record their progress.
Young people should create a plan for their project and a risk assessment before they begin any practical activity, which should be checked by a teacher. You can use the CLEAPSS student safety sheets as well as the rest of the CLEAPSS website to help them.
For Bronze projects, once a student has completed their project, you can sign up to assess it and order their personalised certificate here. Bronze assessment is incredibly easy and can also be adapted for at-home learning if needed due to unexpected lockdowns, meaning parents can always assess when teachers cannot. Check out how to assess a Bronze project here
For Silver and Gold projects student work will need to be submitted online and will be assessed by a CREST assessor. Learn more about assessment for Silver Awards here
Find out more about Bronze level here.
Find out more about Silver level here.
Find out more about Gold level here.